Wow.. this post has been a dreaded one of mine. For many reasons. Many of you know that we got a wonderful card catalog about 2 years ago in North Carolina. It’s our greatest find ever & we both love it. There are a few issues though. What you don’t see in all the pictures is all of the damage & work that it needs. This piece had lots of termite damage that is visible in person & it was used in a car garage for many years so the damage on it is pretty extensive. Actually one whole side of the piece is unusable [the farthest row behind the couch] because of the damage. We have tried to come up with solutions for it, but nothing is really peaking our interest until I saw a post from Jenna Sue Design the other day. I know many have said not to paint it before, but I’m not thinking of “painting” it per say.. more of a subtle wash to tone down the piece & hide some of the damage. I took some quick photos of the card catalog as it look today.. not too much of the damage, but you get the idea…
Here is the card catalog in “all it’s glory” It really is a massive & wonderful piece of furniture. After looking it over and looking at the damage we realize that to replace all of the damaged parts on it we would basically have to deconstruct most of it & that’s jus not something that we want to do. So, the next option is to basically patch everything up & “wash” the piece to give it all one cohesive finished look & to really conceal all of the damaged areas. There is one thing to have wear & tear which I love, but there is another thing to have visible termite damage & all of that. Ps. Yes the piece was cleaned & inspected before we brought it into our home.. no termite drama here. My main goal is wash down the red tones in the piece that do not really mesh well in our home while keeping the natural wood look still. So I’m not paining the piece solid white or anything like that so all of you non-furniture painters do not faint on me now. I just simply want to restore this piece by giving it a new life.
Here is a bathroom vanity by Jenna Sue design that I love & is so inspiring to me. She used a chalk paint wash on this vanity to bring out the wood grain yet give it a unified beautiful look. You can see the wood grain still & it really just gave it that weathered effect that I am desiring for our card catalog. Here are a few of my inspirations along with the one from JSD that sparked me to actually get this project done that I have been meaning to do for so long.
I think you get the idea. One thing is clear… I am not going to sand that large piece of furniture. First of all, I don’t think some pieces would survive the sanding, & second of all.. just no. I’m going to avoid it at all costs & really give this washing/dry brushing thing a go. I mean, I’ve done it before just never on this large of a scale. I’m hoping this solves our problems with the piece because we would really like to keep it. Also, I’m hoping it ties it into our home decor a little more and eliminate some of that red tone that I’m hating. I’m not wanting to get the exact looks that I showed above but it is the general direction that I am heading in. Ok, it’s late & I’m done ranting. I really do love the piece, but after a few years of having it Mr. LMB & I have both decided something needs to change. We hope our easy way our works. You know I will keep you updated. Pray for us! haha no really though. Leave your comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram.